Overlay The Story of Heroism on Your Life
“Heroism is ever available, and in fact it is through ordinary experiences that the ordinary person can become extraordinary.”
How often do children ask their parents, “Will you tell me a story?” Even as children we instinctively know the power of storytelling. Humans are genetically programmed to respond to stories. Stories provide us with a sensory mechanism to comprehend and make meaning out of the complexity of information swirling around and inside of us. As Annette Simmons, author of The Story Factor points out, “Story is the DNA of all meaning – nothing is important but for the story you tell yourself about it.”
The heroic journey is a particularly powerful story. In his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell contended that there is a “universal face” to heroism because everyone’s life is a mythological heroic journey. We all must find within ourselves the heroic character to face what life has to offer. There is an inner drive within each of us “to suffer the agony of adult life, to gain its rewards, and to ‘make a name.’... To...embark on the quest is to move from the inner sufferings of adolescence to the active pursuits of the prime of life.”
Trust Your Power to Transform Challenges
In our personal lives, it is how effectively we deal with the challenges that determines whether we simply exist and just get by or lead a heroic life. So many of us today, however, are detached from this universal story of heroism. We may live vicariously through fantasy movies or the real-life heroic story of others. But, we may not know how to meaningfully apply it to our own life. This detachment may be why so many of us feel a sense of internal fragmentation and disconnection.
When we are willing to see our challenges as story elements in our personal story of heroism, we’ve taken a powerful first step into living our heroic story from inside out. By placing our subjective experiences into a story of personal unfolding heroism, we see how every experience strengthens our character, courage, resolve and resilience. This indelible memory tool helps place the real-life situations we encounter into the larger context of transformation, which brings a more evolved meaning to our experiences.
The heroic journey is a choice to undertake an adventure in transformation and personal growth. With a “transformational mindset” it becomes easier to courageously face life’s challenges with heart and grit, knowing it will ultimately help us live life more fully and authentically. It is from this more evolved place within that we can contribute to the world from the best version of ourselves. We know from personal experience that real heroism is achieved by gaining wisdom from every situation and person encountered, whether in in our relationships, work, leadership or elsewhere in our lives.
LET YOUR HEROIC HEART LIGHT THE WAY
To embark on our heroic journey, not only do we need to undertake it with courage, but also with heart. It is important to let our life beat to our heart-center, so we can compassionately connect to all that is, internally and externally.
It takes self-compassion to uncover the hidden gems at the center of ourselves, which have been there all along buried beneath our pain, fear and defensiveness. When we operate from this powerful heart-center, we naturally light the way to bring forth our personal wisdom, inner truth, empathy for others and desire to serve the world as only we uniquely we can do!
While you have a unique heroic path to follow in life, you don’t have to face your personal challenges alone. We are here to help you master those challenges through Life Guidance Mentoring and Leadership Development Mentoring.
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